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Philosophy (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)


What will I learn?

This stimulating degree sees world-leading experts teach, challenge and provoke you on a range of philosophical questions. Whether your interests lie in continental or analytical approaches to philosophy (or both), this course allows you to combine areas of interest or specialise in certain fields.

You’ll benefit from expert guidance from staff in developing strong analytical and critical skills, alongside the ability to integrate complex bodies of thought involving multiple perspectives. Your capacity to explain and argue through persuasive writing, presentation and negotiation means you’ll be sought after by a variety of employers.

How will I learn?

Our main teaching methods are lectures, lecture-discussions, and seminars alongside private study and study skills sessions. Our students benefit from expert guidance from staff in developing strong analytical and critical skills, and our students highly rate the feedback they receive. In addition to compulsory teaching, we also offer many extra academic activities, including optional lectures, colloquia, discussion groups and workshops.

How will I be assessed?

We track your progress and provide you with feedback through regular non assessed work, assessed essays and written examinations. Your final degree classification is based on assessed essays, other assessed work (which may include, for example, group work or video presentations), examinations and an optional dissertation or individual project. Your second and third year work carries equal weight in determining your final degree classification.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

We run successful undergraduate exchanges with Queen’s University, Ontario, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, enabling second-year Philosophy students (single or joint honours) to compete for the chance to spend a full year studying in North America. Modules and examinations taken at Queen’s and Madison count towards your degree.

All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities, which currently include: Bourgogne, Dijon; Erasmus, Rotterdam; Copenhagen; Friedrich Schiller, Jena or Cologne; Vienna; Autonoma or Complutense, Madrid or Seville; Rome or Turin; and Koc, Istanbul. The Study Abroad Team in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

    Entry Requirements

    A level AAB.

    International Baccalaureate 36 points.

    Other Qualifications We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information on the latter please visit the international entry requirements page.

    Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.

    Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.

    General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

    Further Information

    Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

    Interviews: We do not typically interview applicants for courses in the Department of Philosophy. Offers are normally made on the basis of your predicted or actual grades and personal statement. However, applicants are sometimes interviewed, for example those returning to study or with non-standard qualifications.

    Open Days: Departmental Open Days will be held for all offer holders in 2018 early in the spring term. For information on our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us see the inside front cover.

    What modules could I study?

    Your first year provides a solid grounding in the art of philosophy and its history, and will develop your familiarity with a wide range of philosophical questions. Seminars will also instil the skills of close reading of complex texts and the preparation of well-crafted philosophical prose. In your second and third years, you have more freedom to choose from optional modules inside the Department, which cover topics including Nietzsche, Sartre, Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems, Aesthetics, Ethics, Contemporary Political Philosophy, Meaning and Mind. You may also select some options from other departments. An optional dissertation in the final year allows you to research a chosen topic with close individual supervision from professors.

    Find out more about the degree structure and module information on the Philosophy department website.

    *The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

    Where can my degree take me?

    Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: City and Guilds, Ministry of Justice, Boots, Deloitte, British Heart Foundation.

    Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: News Editor, Analyst, Account Manager (Advertising), English Teacher, Market Research Assistant.

    Essential information

    Entry Requirements
    A level:

    IB: 36 points

    UCAS Code

    Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

    3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

    Department website
    Department of Philosophy

    Student blogs
    Leyla Hunn - Philosophy

    Location of study
    University of Warwick, Coventry

    Tuition fees
    Find out more about fees and funding

    University taster sessions
    Experience what it is like to study Philosophy and Literature at University-level

    Other course costs
    There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

    For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

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    This information is applicable for 2018 entry.